"Epic Warrior Women," Narrated by Lynda Carter, Celebrates Women's History Month

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15 March 2018
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Epic Warrior Women
Courtesy of Smithsonian Channel
"Epic Warrior Women"
Premieres Monday, March 19 at 8 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

 
          Narrated by Lynda Carter and in celebration of Women’s History Month, Smithsonian Channel will premiere the new 3-part docu-series “Epic Warrior Women” on March 19, 26 and April 2 at 8 PM ET/PT. The series is also timely in light of the buzz around the “Dora Milaje” women warriors in Black Panther and the Wonder Woman box office hit, as well as today's important women empowerment issues.

          Carter, the original TV Wonder Woman, recounts real-life stories of history's most iconic female fighters through the centuries, women who are symbols of empowerment, independence and strength. From the legendary Amazon horse warriors of the Steppe in Central Asia to the highly trained female gladiators of the Roman Empire to the all-female fighting force of West Africa that helped shape that continent, evidence shows that, throughout history, warfare has not only been the purview of men; women were often in on the fight--fighting just as fiercely and skillfully.

 

EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

EPIC WARRIOR WOMEN: AMAZONS
Premieres Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Discover the origins of the Greek Amazon mythology and find answers among the ancient nomad warriors of the Eurasian grasslands. Hailing from the Scythian tribes, these warriors controlled a swathe from Eastern Europe to Central Asia and kept the great powers of Greece, Persia and China at bay.

EPIC WARRIOR WOMEN: GLADIATRIX
Premieres Monday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Ancient Rome interpreted Greek mythology by encouraging gladiator women to fight to the death as Amazons in the arena. Explore how these young women managed to survive in desperate conditions, why so many were ready to die for the sake of public entertainment and what skills they needed to stay alive.

EPIC WARRIOR WOMEN: AFRICA’S AMAZONS
Premieres Monday, April 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
The Agoojj were a small but powerful fighting force of women in West Africa that steadily expanded in the 17th century against the much larger Asante and Yoruba Kingdoms. Learn how this all-female, slave-raiding regiment terrified both the local populations and the Europeans sent to conquer them.
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